Yerevan: Woman Grandmaster D. Harika squandered an easy chance to beat top seed Hou Yifan of China and settled for a draw in the sixth round of the World junior girls' chess championship at Tigran Petrosian Chess hall here.

On what turned out to be a long and gruelling day for the Indian girls, WGM Tania Sachdev held on to her own in a difficult position and finally signed peace with fourth seed Melia Salome of Georgia.

The draw helped Tania retain the joint second position even as Mongontuul Bathuyag stretched her lead.

Important results (Round six, Indians unless specified):

World junior boys: Nikita Vitiugov (Rus, 4.5) drew with Levan Pantsulaia (Geo, 4); Wang Hao (Chn, 4) lost to Yuriy Kryvoruchko (Ukr, 5.5); Anton Filippov (Uzb, 4.5) drew with Daniel Stellwagen (Ned, 4.5); Ildar Khairullin (Rus, 4) drew with Dmitry Frolyanov (Rus, 4.5); Fidel Corrales (Cub, 3.5) lost to Wang Yue (Chn, 3.5); Arman Pashikian (Arm, 4.5) bt Roman Nechepurenko (Rus, 3.5); Georg Meier (Ger, 4.5) bt Maxim Rodshtein (Isr, 3.5); Amin Bassem (Egy, 4) bt Avetik Grigoryan (Arm, 3); Evgeny Romanov (Rus, 4.5) bt David Howell (Eng, 3.5); Boris Grachev (Rus, 4) bt Tomasz Warakomski (Pol, 3.5); Sabino Brunello (Ita, 3) lost to Zhao Jun (Chn, 4); Deep Sengupta (3) lost to Zhou Jianchao (Chn, 4); Deepan Chakkravarthy (4) bt Roman Kozlov (Kaz, 3); Abhijeet Gupta (4) bt Levon Babujian (Arm, 3); John Paul Gomez (Phi, 3.5) bt Rahul Sangma (2.5).

Girls: Shen Yang (Chn, 4) lost to Mongontuul Bathuyag (Mgl, 5.5); Melia Salome (Geo, 4.5) drew with Tania Sachdev (4.5); Tatev Abrahamyan (Usa, 4.5) drew with Bianca Muhren (Ned, 4.5); Nune Darbinian (Arm, 3.5) lost to Zhang Jilin (Chn, 4.5); D. Harika (4) drew with Hou Yifan (4); Mikadze Miranda (Geo, 4) drew with Olga Dolgova (Rus, 3.5); Beat Kadziolka (Pol, 3) lost to Jennifer Perez Rodriguez (Cub, 3); Hoang Thi Bao Tram (Vie, 4) bt Zehra Topel (Tur, 3); Kruttika Nadig (3.5) drew with Maka Purtseladze (Geo, 3.5); Eesha Karavade (4) bt Liana Aghabekian (Arm, 3); Anna Rudolf (Hun, 3.5) drew with Iva Videnova (Bul, 3.5); Mary Ann Gomes (3.5) drew with Alaverdyan Lusine (Arm, 3.5); Varduhi Kalashyan (Arm, 3) lost to Elena Tairova (Rus, 3.5); Diana Mnatsakanyan (Arm, 2) lost to P Priya (3); Soumya Swaminathan (1.5) had a bye. PTI

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